[These notes were made in 1984:]. A problem of taxonomy: is this a Scarlet Pimpernel novel or not? In that he makes an appearance at the very beginning, delivering the Dauphin to his monkish protectors (a continuation of Eldorado), I suppose our hero theoretically gets this book on his list. But then the chronology jumps about 50 years, and the main character of the story is not even the grown-up Dauphin, but his son, and (more importantly) his half-English stepson. I found it enjoyable enough, tho' not with the flair of some of the real Pimpernel books.